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Chew and Chomp Granola Bars

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The great thing about making Granola Bars is that you can be super flexible with the ingredients.  Use up your store cupboard dribs and drabs as you mix and match the variety of dried fruits, nuts and seeds to your own tastes.  If you or someone in your family has a nut allergy then just omit the nuts and add in extra dried fruit or some tasty seeds.

I was given this recipe from my good friend Katie Langley who made and shared her delicious Seville Orange Marmalade with us a couple of weeks ago.  We had one with our coffee as I was photographing Katie at work and I was hooked.  

These Granola Bars are easy to make at home and perfect for breakfast on the go or for popping into school lunch boxes. We wrapped ours up and had them as a pocket snack on one of our walks this week; we took along a spare one for Teddy our pooch…I think the photo says it all! 

In our house, the only problem with these Granola Bars is that they don’t last long enough! 

Enjoy!

Gill x

Preparation Time:
15 minutes
Cooking Time:
25 minutes
Serves: 24 Bars
Ingredients:
  • 150g butter
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp runny honey
  • 250g porridge oats
  • 175g dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit you'd prefer)
  • 50g hazelnuts (or again any other nuts you'd prefer)

     

    1. Grease and line a traybake tin about 12x9in and line with parchment paper.
    2. Put the butter, sugar and honey into a pan and put on a low heat until all the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
    3. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the oats, dried fruit and nuts.
    4. Tip the mixture into your tin and press the top of the mixture down lightly using your fingers until even.
    5. Bake in a preheated oven at 160C for 25 minutes.
    6. Remove from the oven and whilst still in the tin, cut into equal slices. Leave to cool and then remove from the tin and store in an airtight container.

    NICKI'S TUPPENCEWORTH

    I do love a homemade granola; my friend Kirstin shared her recipe with me and I whip up a batch every now and then to have handy in an airtight container. 

    The idea of making it sticky with honey and butter and shaping into bars is a great one and would be perfect for a walk home from the gym or pool (when I am always starving!).  

    Porridge Oats are a great source of energy being high in fibre and protein, proven to lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease. They also rank a "low GI".

    Not so for the sugar part of this recipe so if its a health kick you're after you can leave this ingredient out! ;-)

    I'm a fan of blueberries, heather honey and pumpkin seeds in my loose breakfast granola and so I'm going to try it out here and report back on how successful the combination works with a chew and a chomp!

    Leave your comments here and please do share this with your friends! You can also share your photographs and ideas with us. We'd love to see them. As always, tag them #PerthLoveFest and we'll scatter them around our own social media.

    Happy Chomping,

    Nicki x 

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